While it’s still very much a privilege for me to be Cariboo North’s voice in the legislature when it’s sitting, it’s always a great pleasure to have time in the riding to be able to visit the various communities I was elected to represent.
During the spring break week in March, Vicki Huntington (the other Independent MLA) and I toured the Peace River region to explore the issues associated with the rapid expansion of the oil and gas industry as well as the proposed Site C dam. It was an exhausting week, with long days of meetings and site visits, but it was worth it to see for ourselves what’s working and what’s not in that region. I blogged each day during the trip and you can read my impressions on my web page (www.bobsimpsonmla.ca). During this two-week Easter break I’ll be focused on getting around the riding and will host town halls in Wells at the community hall on April 4, in Quesnel on April 11 at the Seniors’ Centre, and in Horsefly at the Community Hall on April 12. All of the town halls will start at 7 p.m. and I’m hoping lots of people will come out and share their interests and concerns with me so I can better represent this region. I’ll also be attending a forest licensee community meeting in Nazko designed to update that community on the logging plans for that region over the next few years.
In between these community meetings I’ll be catching up on constituent phone calls and meetings and planning two major seniors’ care forums for May in Williams Lake and Quesnel. I’m also hoping to take a few days to spend with my family over the Easter long weekend, as time spent representing you in Victoria also means time away from them.
Bob Simpson is the Independent MLA for Cariboo North.